‘On alterations in the form of speech and on the formation of new words and expressions in madness’ by L. Snell (1852)

  title={‘On alterations in the form of speech and on the formation of new words and expressions in madness’ by L. Snell (1852)},
  author={Germ{\'a}n E. Berr{\'i}os},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={480 - 496}
  • G. Berríos
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Psychology
  • History of Psychiatry
This Classic Text is a translation of an 1852 paper on neologisms and other disorders of language in the insane by Ludwig Snell (1817—92). It illustrates the impact on descriptive psychopathology caused by the early nineteenth-century view that language shaped thought and culture. Developed by Herder, Humboldt and others, this view was to govern the way in which disorders of language were to be studied in psychiatry until well into the twentieth century. After World War II, the so-called… 
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